Development, trades, and free agent signings. All three are responsible for the turnaround of the pitching staff, a staff that for many parts of the season single handedly held the team together. Alek Manoah has been nothing short of a revelation, and it can’t be overstated how good he has been. Leading the team in bWAR at 6.0, Manoah has made his way into Cy Young conversations as the year comes to a close and is set to play a big role in this year’s playoffs. Toronto was expecting Nate Pearson to develop into an ace by now, meanwhile in his absence Manoah has done just that and then some. Gausman has started off his five year contract right, pitching to an 3.35 ERA with a sparkling 2.38 FIP. Jose Berrios hasn’t quite lived up to his contract however, but still has more than enough time to redeem himself. Ross Stripling has taken over for an injured Ryu and is having by far the best year of his career. A lowly 1.8 BB/9 has boosted Stripling to a 3.01 ERA over 24 starts.
The bullpen has been completely overhauled, with Romano and Bass being the only full-time holdovers. This group collectively has been one of the better arm barns in the league. The team ERA of 3.90 this season is a dramatic improvement over 4.60 from 2020.